I met with my oncologist Dr. Walter Quan Jr. and the rest of my care team here at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) yesterday. I am still undergoing treatment for stage 4 kidney cancer that spread to my lungs. My blood work came back showing good results. My kidney function and liver function are still good. I am now going to be increasing the dosage of Votrient to 800mg per day instead of 400mg. This drug is a targeted therapy drug that is taken orally to attempt to slow down or even stop the kidney cancer from growing. This drug can decrease both liver and kidney function in some patients. It appears, however, that I am not one of them. I have noticed that I am slightly more fatigued since starting this medication, and I hope that my fatigue doesn’t get any worse. I am also scheduled to meet with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Chong on the 19th of this month. He will be checking to see if the large dose of radiation I received in December had any effect on the tumor mass in my right lung.
The past two days I have been feeling rather down. I have been in this battle with kidney cancer for two years now. I have been dealing with this stage 4 diagnosis for a year now. I am thrilled that I can say I am a 2 year cancer survivor, but the battle can get tiring. I am on my third different treatment option for this cancer. The first two required me to have infusion of a targeted therapy for several hours through my PowerPort. Each of these two types of therapy had side effects that were not pleasant. This new oral medication also has side effects, but now I am taking treatment every day, rather than a couple of times every 3 weeks. I appreciate all of the prayers that many of you have been bringing to the Lord. It is my faith in Christ alone that has kept me going this past year. Yet, like today, I have days where I wish that I was completely cured of this evil disease of cancer. I must remember my slogan for this year each day. That is, “I live to fight another day.”